As you have heard throughout this year, our Aduyon Initiative led to the distribution of over 720,000 pounds of vegetables to more than 50,000 vulnerable families throughout metro Manila. In addition, this initiative maintained the livelihood of over 500 farmers from 6 different municipalities in Benguet Province.
However, Aduyon is more than these incredible numbers, but now is a core value and principle in how we build collaborations and grow our impact. Aduyon is an Ibaloi word meaning mutual help/support (truly more of an energy exchange) between the participants. This concept is what led to the success of this initiative as many partners joined to make this tremendous vision into a reality. If there is one thing I hope we have all learned through this global pandemic, is that coming together and supporting each other while working towards mutual support, is the only way forward!!
As we approach the end of 2020, I want you to know that our impact is deepening and with your continued support we can respond to this growth by: investing in our staff, expanding our programs to urban areas, launching farmer seed sales, and bringing our technical training programs to new regions and communities.